The Bundesliga Show Episode 99 – The All German Final

Borussia Dortmund versus Bayern Munich in the all Bundesliga Champions League Final. Jon Hartley and Matt Hermann talk about the semi-finals and the prospect of this historic clash. But what does this mean for the Bundesliga as a whole?

Outside of the excitement of this Dortmund and Bayern final, there is still the small matter of the league season. With three games left, Jon and Matt discuss the prospects for the battle for Europe and the fight to stay up.

Enjoy the show!


Bundesliga Review – Gripping finale aside from Klassiker pair by Archie Rhind-Tutt

Oh have you not heard? I was under the impression that everyone had heard. Well, no – in this case the bird isn’t the word but the Bundesliga certainly is. The semi finals of the Champions League produced nights to treasure for Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund as der Klassiker outclassed El Clásico.

Things were closer back in Germany at the weekend for both, though that’s not too surprising with Jupp Heynckes and Jürgen Klopp making a combined 20 changes. Still, narrow victories were achieved over Freiburg and Fortuna Düsseldorf respectively. But with the title race over and three games left, Bayern and Borussia are not the main points of interest in the Bundesliga – that’s to be found in another pair: the race for the fourth Champions League place, and the struggle to avoid relegation.

The former has been characterised with just as much mediocrity as you might expect with the latter. Prior to this weekend, four points separated the five sides between 4th and 8th. Schalke though had Klaas-Jan Huntelaar back from injury and the man nicknamed “the Hunter” displayed his predatory instinct by netting a hat-trick against Hamburg. If you allow Huntelaar, the Torjӓgerkanone winner last season, nine shots on goal as HSV did, then a hat-trick is perhaps the least damage you can expect. That win for Schalke put some distance between them and the chasing pack of four – none of whom won at the weekend.

With Eintracht Frankfurt drawing with Mainz, Freiburg coming away with what is now considered a credible result at the Allianz Arena (a 1-0 loss) and Gladbach being comfortably beaten at a quietly resurgent Wolfsburg, Schalke would appear to be favourites for fourth. Yet with away games to come at Gladbach and Freiburg, it’s far from a certainty.

That applies too when it comes to survival where the likes of Werder Bremen and Fortuna Düsseldorf have been drawn into the mire. The reason for that is, in the main, Augsburg. Markus Weinzierl’s side only won 1 Bundesliga game in the Hinrunde. Such has been their form in the second half of the season, coupled with the demise of sides above, Augsburg have accrued more points in the Rückrunde than Werder and Fortuna put together. Their resurgence continued at the weekend as they equalled their biggest Bundesliga win, turning over Stuttgart 3-0 with Marcel De Jong scoring a 30-yard chip just 73 seconds after coming on.

The result drew them level with Fortuna (defeated by Borussia Dortmund) and within two points of Werder Bremen (lost at Bayer Leverkusen). Augsburg must still be wary with Hoffenheim showing signs of life. They overcame Nürnberg but with an inferior goal difference to those above them, two wins out of their final three still might not be enough to secure even the “relative” safety of the relegation/play off place.

The only side at the bottom to have been relegated is Greuther Fürth. It’s alarming that it’s taken until this weekend for that to become official. That said, they dominated Hannover for long spells on Friday night but somehow Frank Kramer’s side fell to defeat, meaning they’re in danger of becoming the first Bundesliga team ever to go a whole season without winning a home game.

Still with three games to go, the focus of where the remaining meaningful fixtures in the Bundesliga lie appears to be away from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund – though you do know that they’re playing this weekend for the fourth time this season, right?

Matchday 31 Results:

Greuther Fürth 2-3 Hannover

Augsburg 3-0 Stuttgart

Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Werder Bremen

Bayern Munich 1-0 Freiburg

Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

Hoffenheim 2-1 Nürnberg

Wolfsburg 3-1 Gladbach

Mainz 0-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Schalke 4-1 Hamburg


Rank Club Matches W* D* L* G* GD* Pts.*
1 FC Bayern Munich 31 27 3 1 90:14 +76 84 CL*
2 Borussia Dortmund 31 19 7 5 76:36 +40 64 CL*
3 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 31 16 8 7 59:38 +21 56 CL*
4 FC Schalke 04 31 14 7 10 54:47 +7 49 CL* Qual.
5 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 13 7 11 43:42 +1 46 EL* Qual.
6 SC Freiburg 31 12 9 10 40:37 +3 45 EL* Qual.
7 Borussia Mönchengladbach 31 11 11 9 38:42 -4 44
8 Hamburger SV 31 13 5 13 37:50 -13 44
9 Hannover 96 31 12 5 14 54:57 -3 41
10 1. FSV Mainz 05 31 10 10 11 36:36 0 40
11 VfL Wolfsburg 31 10 10 11 41:46 -5 40
12 VfB Stuttgart 31 11 6 14 33:50 -17 39
13 1. FC Nuremberg 31 9 11 11 34:42 -8 38
14 SV Werder Bremen 31 8 8 15 45:60 -15 32
15 Fortuna Düsseldorf 31 7 9 15 37:49 -12 30
16 FC Augsburg 31 7 9 15 30:45 -15 30 Play-offs
17 1899 Hoffenheim 31 7 6 18 37:60 -23 27 Relegation
18 Greuther Fürth 31 3 9 19 22:55 -33 18 Relegation

Table thanks to Official Bundesliga Website

Article originally written at Football Fan Cast

Loveys’ 2.Bundesliga-Match-Day 31.

A truncated betting preview from Tom due to outside commitments but here are his selections for MD 31.

Match-Day Odds

Union 8/15 Draw 7/2 Regensburg 6/1
Ingolstadt 2/1 Draw 7/3 Braunschweig 13/8
Sandhausen 14/5 Draw 13/5 Bochum 11/10
Aue 29/20 Draw 12/5 Duisburg 21/10
Frankfurt 6/5 Draw 5/2 Dresden 13/5
Cologne 4/6 Draw 3/1 1860 Munchen 5/1
St.Pauli 23/10 Draw 5/2 Hertha 11/8
Paderborn 13/10 Draw 12/5 Aalen 5/2
Cottbus 10/3 Draw 5/2 Kaiserslautern 21/20


Tom’s Selections:

Union to be leading at HT 21/20
Ingolstadt/Braunschweig: Draw 7/3
Sandhausen/Bochum: Over 2.75 goals (AH) 11/10
Duisburg to beat Aue 21/10
Frankfurt to beat Dresden 6/5
1860 Munchen +0.75 AH to beat Cologne 41/40
St.Pauli/Hertha: More goals in the 2nd half 6/5
Paderborn to score more goals in the 2nd half 31/20
Cottbus/Kaiserslautern: HT: Draw 6/5

The Bundesliga Show Episode 98 – The Bundesliga Dominates in Semi-Finals

The Show is on cloud nine after two colossal wins by Bundesliga sides in the Champions League this week, and consequently you get a buoyant host Matt Hermann running the rule over those results and events in the domestic league. beIN SPORT play-by-play maven Phil Schoen (@PhilSchoen) joins the show on the line for a talk about the fallout from those two big midweek fixtures…and why it might not have been the most opportune year to stop calling Bundesliga matches! Then DW Bundesliga writer Jefferson Chase comes by to talk about Match days 30 and 31, the Mario Götze transfer, the coming curtains for Thomas Schaaf and more. Check it.

Loveys’ 2.Bundesliga Betting Preview – Matchday 30

Tom Loveys is back with some more betting selections for the German Second Division. Follow Tom on Twitter here.

2.Bundesliga-Match-Day 30

Aalen 13/8 Draw 12/5 Union 15/8
Bochum 11/8 Draw 5/2 St.Pauli 23/10
Regensburg 21/10 Draw 7/3 Ingolstadt 6/4
1860 Munchen 19/20 Draw 13/5 Frankfurt 7/2
Kaiserslautern 11/20 Draw 7/2 Paderborn 6/1
Hertha 3/10 Draw 5/1 Sandhausen 11/1
Braunschweig 4/7 Draw 10/3 Aue 6/1
Dresden 11/10 Draw 5/2 Cottbus 3/1
Duisburg 13/5 Draw 12/5 FC Koln 6/5


The final five games of the 2.Bundesliga season are upon us and following Hertha’s draw against Ingolstadt and Braunschweig’s subsequent win against Sandhausen, the gap between the top two is now just two points.

However a win for Hertha on Sunday against Sandhausen will see an instant return to the top flight after last season’s relegation, bringing the good times back to the Olympic Stadium.

At the bottom, Regensburg and Sandhausen look virtually doomed, whilst Dresden and Bochum both appear to be fighting to stay out of the play-off spot.

Here are our best bets for this Match-Day along with a selection in every game at Evens or above.

Bochum/St.Pauli: 2nd half highest scoring half: 23/20

St.Pauli have proved a profitable selection after 45 minutes and the theme of this week’s betting opportunities is ‘sticking to what has happened before’. Both teams have had 15 out of 29 games where they have scored more in the 2nd half and we’re hopeful of a repeat again.

Hertha to score more goals in the 2nd half: 5/4

Hoping for a promotion party on Sunday and maybe after a nervy start, Hertha will take full control after 45 minutes. Another successful bet in the past and I can see Sandhausen falling apart if Hertha get a couple ahead. 19 of Hertha’s 29 games have seen this bet being successful.

Braunschweig (-1.25) Asian Handicap to beat Aue: 6/5

Braunschweig will be keen to keep up with the pace and capitalise on any slip up from Hertha. Having won 10/14 games at home, they are a force to be reckoned with at Eintracht-Stadion. They should be able to brush past an Aue side who have improved in recent week but are poor away from home.

The best  bets treble pays an 9½ /1 for those looking at bigger prices.

Matchday 30

Aalen to score more goals in the 2nd half v Union


Bochum/St.Pauli: 2nd half highest scoring half


Regensburg/Ingolstadt: Draw at HT


1860 Munchen/Frankfurt: 2-3 Goals in the game


Kaiserslautern/Paderborn: 2nd half, highest scoring half


Hertha to score more goals in the 2nd half


Braunschweig (-1.25) Asian Handicap to beat Aue


Dresden/Cottbus: 2 goals in the game


FC Koln to beat Duisburg



Loveys’ 2.Bundesliga Betting Preview – Matchday 29

Tom Loveys is back with some more betting selections for the German Second Division. Follow Tom on Twitter here.

With some great profits delivered last week, having correctly predicted 6/9 results, with a profit of 9.8 points and virtually a 10/1 ‘Best Bets’ treble being landed. Things have taken a massive up-turn as we head towards the final few games of the 2.Bundesliga season.

With Hertha’s emphatic 3-0 success over Braunschweig, they are now 1/7 to lift the title with Braunschweig best-priced at 9/2. Kaiserslautern remain in 3rd with a decisive victory over promotion rivals FC Koln. At the other end of the table, it remains bleak for Regensburg and Sandhausen whilst Bochum fans will be getting increasingly worried now sitting in 16th after a shocking 3-0 home loss to Aue.

Below are the odds for Match-Day 29,

Union 11/10 Draw 5/2 Dresden 3/1
Ingolstadt 4/1 Draw 13/5 Hertha 9/10
Sandhausen 7/2 Draw 5/2 Braunschweig Evens
St.Pauli 17/10 Draw 23/10 1860 Munchen 15/8
Frankfurt 7/6 Draw 5/2 Duisburg 13/5
FC Koln 3/5 Draw 10/3 Aalen 11/2
Cottbus 11/10 Draw 5/2 Bochum 10/3
Paderborn 17/20 Draw 14/5 Regensburg 7/2
Aue 3/1 Draw 7/3 Kaiserslautern 23/20


Best Bets:

Union to beat Dresden @ 11/10

Union are another side who seem to produce a different performance each week. A lavish 4-2 home victory against St.Pauli was only followed up with mediocre performances away, losing to Frankfurt and drawing with Paderborn. At home they seem a different proposition; having won 8 of their 14 games played and will fancy their chances against a battling Dresden side who are fighting for their lives in 15th place.

Cottbus to beat Bochum @ 11/10

Cottbus are strong at home and seem to have overcome their recent wobble, still sitting in 7th place. At odds against at home, they look a value bet to beat a poor Bochum side who have lost 4 of their last 6 games, the most recent being a decisive 3-0 home defeat to Aue.

Paderborn to score more goals in the 2nd half @ 16/11

I like the look of these markets, specialising in different opportunities than the usual fare each week. Paderborn have played 14 games at home this season, having scored more goals in the 2nd half in 11 of these. The 16/11 price looks great value as chances will be aplenty against the bottom of the table side.

Below are selections in each of the 9 games this weekend. As ever each prediction is offered at Evens or above.

Union to beat Dresden 11/10
Hertha to score more goals in the 2nd half 29/20
Braunschweig to beat Sandhausen Evens
St.Pauli/1860 Muchen: 2nd half to have more goals 23/20
Frankfurt to beat Duisburg 7/6
FC Koln/Aalen: Under 2.25 goals (Asian Handicap Goals) 7/6
Cottbus to beat Bochum 11/10
Paderborn to score more goals in the 2nd half 16/11
Aue/Kaiserslautern: HT-Draw 11/10

The Bundesliga Show Episode 97 – Bayern wrap up the title in double time

**This podcast was recorded before the midweek Champions League fixtures**

This week on the Bundesliga Show, Jon Hartley is joined by Mark Lovell to talk about the new Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich. They chat about this incredible season for the record champions and what may be still to come.

Plus there is the lowdown on all the other important points from matchday 28 and a look forward to the big games in matchday 29.

Enjoy the show!


Loveys’ 2.Bundesliga Betting Preview – Matchday 28

Tom Loveys is back with some more betting selections for the German Second Division. Follow Tom on Twitter here.

Mouth-watering clashes across the German 2nd Division this weekend and we’re confident after last week’s 5/9 profitable performance that further success can be gained, as we moved into a cumulative profit!

Matchday 28: Best available odds at time of writing (4th April)

Fri Kaiserslautern 27/20 Draw 12/5 FC Koln 5/2
Fri Bochum 21/20 Draw 5/2 Aue 3/1
Fri Aalen 11/8 Draw 12/5 Ingolstadt 12/5
Sat Dresden 8/5 Draw 7/3 St.Pauli 21/10
Sat Regensburg 7/4 Draw 12/5 Frankfurt 9/5
Sun Duisburg 17/20 Draw 14/5 Sandhausen 4/1
Sun Paderborn 17/10 Draw 5/2 Union 19/10
Sun 1860 Munchen 11/10 Draw 12/5 Cottbus 10/3
Mon Hertha 10/11 Draw 13/5 Braunschweig 4/1

The exciting action starts on Friday night with 3rd place Kaiserslautern taking on 4th place FC Koln, Bochum and Aue facing up in a relegation-threatened clash. 5th place 1860 take on 7th place Cottbus on Sunday leaving the clash of the top two, Hertha and Braunschweig for the final game on Monday evening.

Best Bets:

Frankfurt (0) on Asian Handicap to beat Regensburg @ Evens

Despite Frankfurt’s below par away form, they have been able to keep pace in 6th with superb home displays. They will be buoyed by their 3-0 win against Union and if even an element of that performance is seen against Regensburg, then the Even money on the Asian Handicap market (Stake returned if a draw) should be value.

Paderborn to score more goals in the 2nd half @ 17/11

Paderborn are no strangers to finding the net and both teams here regularly feature in games with over 2.5 goals. However out of Paderborn’s 13 home games so far, 9 of them have seen them score more goals between 45-90 minutes than the first half. We’ll take a chance on this against an inconsistent Union side.

Hertha v Braunschweig: More goals in the 2nd half @ 23/20

Top of the table clash, what are we expecting? Tight cagey encounter? Free-flowing attacking football? I tend to favour the former, Hertha always seem to push on in the second half and both sides could easily cancel each-other out in the first 45 minutes.

Here are my best bets, again across a variety of different markets, all of which are Evens or above. Good luck.

FC Koln (0) Asian Handicap v Kaiserslautern 29/20
Bochum v Aue: Over 2.5 goals Evens
Aalen v Ingolstadt: Half Time: Draw 11/10
Dresden to score first v St.Pauli Evens
Frankfurt (0) Asian Handicap v Regensburg Evens
Duisburg D/H in the HT/FT market 4/1
Paderborn to score more goals in the 2nd half v Union 17/11
1860 Munchen to be leading Cottbus at HT 9/5
Hertha v Braunschweig: More goals in the 2nd half 23/20

The Bundesliga Show Episode 96 – Almost for Bayern & Bye Bye Marco Kurz

This week on The Bundesliga Show, Terry Duffelen makes a return at the helm of the podcast alongside Jon Hartley. The pair take a look at Matchday 26, where Bayern couldn’t quite wrap up the title despite their 9-2 win over Hamburg.

All that, plus plenty more chat about the Marco Kurz’ departure from Hoffenheim, the Champions League and the 2.Bundesliga.

Enjoy the show!

The Bundesliga Show – Bayern Munich v Juventus Special

The Bundesliga Show’s Matt Hermann meets up with Italian football expert to get the lowdown on Bayern’s Champions League opponents Juventus.